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ES Online Learning Exemplars: Week 6

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Data Tracking

Classroom Management: This online data collection system allows teachers to track information from SeeSaw, feedback, and 1:1 meetings on Zoom.

Math: This spreadsheet allows the teacher to track daily student progress on targeted skills.

 

Differentiation

Clarify: Quizlet can be used to create individualized, targeted vocabulary practice for students for the current writing unit.

Captivate: In English enrichment, Ishbel records and shares short videos for each group of students to specifically target their learning needs.

MS Online Learning Exemplars: Week 5

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Chinese

Clarify/Care: In this Chinese lesson, Vicky & Yan provide an objective, clear instructions and estimates for how long each task should take them. They also provide a short video to help students with pronunciation and flashcards to help them practice.

Humanities

Captivate: Blaze created an instructional video full of small nuggets to remind the grade 7 students to stay engaged while learning about the compare and contrast essay.

Participation Tracking

Classroom Management: Jeff has developed a spreadsheet and system that allows him to track student participation and attendance, helping him to know when he needs to contact students and parents. View/download template here.

Visual Art

Care/Consolidate: Jenny uses a short video to connect with and encourage her students, reminding them of what they have done so far and affirming both those students who are caught-up and those that are still working to get everything done.

HS Online Learning Exemplars: Week 5

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PE and Health

Care: Cale is using Flipgrid to take attendance, connecting via video with his grade 10 students and giving them various daily prompts to respond to in their videos.

Math

Care/Clarify: Chikae reorganized DX to make the lessons easier for her Algebra I to navigate, creating a video to walk them through the changes and gathering feedback on their effectiveness from students.

Science

Care: Elicia is gathering feedback from her grade 10 students in order to make adjustments and set herself new goals.

Social Studies

Care/Clarify: Hannah and Jeff provide instructions and resources for grade 9 Asia & the World students in a variety of formats (including video) using the materials section in DX. They are also responsive to the needs of their students, extending deadlines to help their students stay caught up in their classes.

ES Online Learning Exemplars: Week 5

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Math

Clarify: In this lesson, Andrew and the 4th grade team use a teach, try check cycle by asking students to pause the video at various times throughout. They also provide content and language objectives.

Music

Care: In this video, Skye and Foxy find an engaging way to remind students to do their music assignments via song.

Reader’s Workshop

Clarify: In this post, Victoria provides content & language objectives and uses audio and text to give directions in her grade 2 dual-language class. She uses visuals in the assignment and provides a model for students.

Routines

Classroom Management: The grade 1, 2, and 3 teams provide students with weekly overviews that help them consolidate their learning for the week.

G1 Weekly in 3 languages

G2 Weekly Overview

G3 Weekly Overview

Writer’s Workshop

Clarify: In this post, Clare uses her own writing to model her expectations for students. She also includes content and language objectives.

Media Mentor Month 2020

During our current period of eLearning, it’s a great time for parents to have conversations with their children about how, when and why we use our devices for learning, work and entertainment.

Below are different prompts for every day of March, in English, Chinese (Simplified) and Korean. Where possible, there are also links to help parents find resources to help support those conversations or activities. You can download and print out the monthly calendar, or scroll through the slideshow for a prompt a day. Either way, we’d love to hear about the conversations that you’ve had with your child and how they’ve helped you become a Media Mentor for them!

Thanks to Keri-Lee Beasley at WAB for starting this 2 years ago, and thanks to Sandra Chow at Keystone Academy for collaborating with us to share this with as many families as possible.

Monthly Calendars

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Daily Slides

HS Online Learning Exemplars: Week 4

Art

Captivate/Clarify: In Emily’s Thinking Like an Artist class, she takes attendance by asking fun yet simple questions for students to engage with. She also provides clear, step-by-step instructions for the day’s task and gives students a preview of what is coming up.

Chinese

Care/Clarify: In this DX assignment for grade 10 Lang & Lit, Tracy provides students with the opportunity to the Covid-19 outbreak through the See, Think, Wonder visible thinking routine. She also includes COLOs and clear instructions and provides a model.

English

Care/Consolidate: In this DX post for English B HL II, Monique gives her students encouragement on the work they have done so far while also giving them the opportunity to connect with her and their peers via Zoom. She also summarizes what they have done up to this point and previews what is to come.

Science

Clarify, Care: In this DX post for grade 9, Janice provides students with objectives for the task and uses headings & formatting to organize the information. She also connects with students in the comments.

MS Online Learning Exemplars: Week 4

Design

Captivate: In this activity, Jeff engages students with a challenge that stretches their creativity and develops their ability to sketch.

Drama

Care: This task gave insights into the circumstances and the mental and emotional states of students. As a class, they realized that they were having a shared experience and were not alone. They noticed that though there were feelings of anxiousness, fear or uncertainty, there were also a lot of things to be grateful for.

 

EAL

Clarify: In this DX post, Lloyd provides clear, detailed instructions for students and gives them an estimate of how much time these tasks should take them.

 

Music

ClarifyIn this short Loom screencast, Tony analyzes a student exemplar of the assignment. Unpacking a model or exemplar for the students helps make the expectations of the assignment very clear and is an effective way to make sure that you’re teaching, not simply assigning work.

Tony Loom MS Music

ES Online Learning Exemplars: Week 4

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PE and Health

Captivate: In this lesson, Josie & Andy show students how to use items that are available to them in their homes and encourage them to engage the entire family in playing target games.

Homeroom

Care: Pippa provides her grade 4 students with time to interact and engage with each other in a meaningful way via Zoom.

Captivate: In this activity, the grade 5 team provides their students with a menu of ways that they can engage their creativity and share with each other via Flipgrid.

Music

Clarify: In this lesson, Lucas provides video instructions accompanied by written instructions in English and Chinese. He also includes COLOs for his rhythm lesson in which he includes visual support.

Online Learning Ergonomics!

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If you’ve spent any long period of time sitting at a desk, you know that it can get uncomfortable. If you add the fact that you are using a device like a laptop or a tablet, it can get even more uncomfortable the longer you stick with it.

Ergonomics is the study and design of efficient working environments and is even more important than ever in this period of online learning. Here are 4 top tips for thinking about ergonomics in your online learning space:

  1. Establish a good working space! According to the University of Illinois, this includes creating a specific space for learning, minimizing distractions, and ensuring you have all the tools that you might need ahead of time.
  2. Good posture is important! Believe it or not, there have been numerous studies around the appropriate posture when using a computer or tablet. The University of Michigan’s Department of Health has compiled a list of things to remember when it comes to using your computer for long periods of time.
  3. If you feel yourself getting sore, move! At school, students are almost never sitting, without moving, for very long. Whether it’s getting up to change activities or just getting up to borrow a pencil, students are constantly moving. Make sure your online learning environment is similar. Take brain breaks or get up to do some simple stretches. It will help your body and mind!
  4. Don’t forget about your eyes! The State University of New York College of Opthalmology states that the short-term effects of digital eye strain are tired and dry eyes. Some users might also experience headaches. To help fight this, the 20-20-20 rule can help: every 20 minutes (or so) take a break and look at something 20 feet away (or so) for 20 seconds (or so).  This is also a good time to stretch your neck and shoulders. They also state that no long-term effects of digital eye strain have been identified so far.

Please make sure to look after yourselves!

Screentime in the Age of Online Learning: Monitoring and Managing

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While we are in the middle of online learning, helping students to be aware of and to manage their screentime is as important as ever. It’s also important that families have agreements around the use of screens for learning and for entertainment.

Monitoring Screentime

It’s hard to make informed decisions on screentime without some data to consider. Many times, this data will make the discussion easier since it can be used as a point of reference for both students and parents when it comes to how and why screens are being used (and if they are being used appropriately).

A powerful tool to use on your school laptop is RescueTime. This is a third-party app that, when installed, runs in the background and helps keep track of how and when the computer is being used. For students in Grade 6, you can log in to Cisco AnyConnect and then install RescueTime from Self Service. Users in Grade 7 and above can just download the application from the website.

A sample RescueTime Report

In addition to installing the app, you will also need to create an account. We recommend using your school email address. You can use this post to help you with the sign up and setup process. For most cases, using the

For those of you that are using iOS devices like iPhones and iPads, you can use the built-in Screentime app to help you monitor your usage. You can also use the Screentime app to limit your access to your device, either by time period (downtime) or by time limits per app.

Managing Screens and Technology

In all of our parent education sessions, we suggest these same important rules:

  1. Set family technology agreements around how and when screens will be used. (You can also use the Common Sense Media version as a starting point.) If you’ve already created them as a family, it may be worth revisiting them and making sure they still work for you. During this period of online learning, this is more important than ever!
  2. We recommend that devices are used in public spaces of the house, like the kitchen table or in a dedicated study space, so that it encourages students to stay on task. It’s easy to get sidetracked online so use others to help you stay on track!
  3. We also recommend that devices are not charged and stored overnight in the student’s bedroom. We all need a break from our screens, and the constant dinging of notifications can have an effect on the quality of our sleep.
  4. Identify some screen-free times for your family and stick to them. For many, screen-free dinners give everybody a time to connect as a family and share what has happened during their day.

 

 

 

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